Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Same Old Social Media Lessons - Carlos Danger Edition

Two years ago, I posted a blog entry called Weiner and the Same Old Social Media Lessons:
Social media disasters seem to teach the same lessons over and over (and over) again. But apparently, some guys never learn.
Well, as Forrest Gump's mama used to say, "stupid is as stupid does." News broke yesterday that Anthony Weiner continued his cyber-sexting ways under the handle Carlos Danger (you just can't make this stuff up).

By pure coincidence, earlier in the day I had exchanged some tweets with employment law bloggers, Jon Hyman and Dan Schwartz, about video-based social media problems (like Vine, and Instagram's new video service). Dan has been providing some nice coverage of these issues (and so has Jon, here).

Jon shared a particularly awesome Vine video with me. It is publicly accessible and features two young women explaining why they are late to work. To use their own hashtag:  #wakeandbake - complete with footage of what sure looks an awful lot like a packed marijuana pipe (aka "bowl").

Let's recap my four-part lesson from two years ago:

1. Don't engage in inappropriate conduct online;
2. Check the Recipients;
3. NOTHING IS PRIVATE ON THE INTERNET; and
4. Lying only makes it worse.

Come to think of it, Weiner sort of came clean yesterday and bypassed the lying . . . maybe he IS learning!